Schlafly: Will We Have Three-Parent Families?


In California, some day a judge will have the power to decide who is your father, who is your mother, and who is your third parent. That won’t happen this year because Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature that would have permitted a judge to recognize more than two parents of a child. The judge said he needed “more time to consider all of the implications” of this change in our family structure.

People say that such legislation recognizing more than two parents of a child is probably inevitable because of the complicated childbearing situations that are taking place today. The case that motivated the bill that Brown vetoed was the case of a California girl named “M.C.”. She had inspired California’s Senator Mark Leno’s so-called multiple-parent bill. He claims “the definition of family is evolving.” The director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said she is “very optimistic” about getting this bill approved next year. The Executive Director of the California Family Council warns that such a law would permit courts to overlook a child’s biological ties in favor of someone else with a big bank account. A couple of law professors issued a plea for the rejection of this three-parent law. They said, “When it comes to parenting, three’s a crowd.

The big problem is the breakdown of the family unit. Babies are increasingly being born outside of marriage, leading to legal battles over who is the baby’s father. Same-sex couples are making babies with the eggs, sperm and wombs of unrelated persons who are usually separated from the baby’s life. The sponsors of this three-parent bill say that judges should have the explicit authority to rule on “the best interest of the child,” a terrible rule that gives the judge discretion to do whatever he wants.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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